Panhandlers may have ragged, dirty clothes, smell bad, or may look pretty clean. But one thing is true – they need a friend. So do those people you see at intersections holding a sign asking for help, and those walking the streets asking for spare change.
In Victoria and Vancouver there is a high percentage of panhandlers, and for the most part, arguably, these cities are not known for being the most generous to panhandlers.
You may feel we are, but the reality is, we can do a much better job of supporting our fellow human beings.